Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You

Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You

by Susie Larson, Ann Voskamp

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ISBN-13: 9781441261137
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 188,734
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susie Larson ( is a media voice, author and national speaker. Active in local ministry, she is the author of 15 books, including Your Beautiful Purpose and Blessings for the Morning. Susie and her husband, Kevin, have three adult sons and three amazing daughters-in-law and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Susie Larson is a popular media host, author, and national speaker. For eight years she hosted her own daily talk show, Live the Promise with Susie Larson. A veteran of the fitness field, Susie has also served as a media voice for Moody Radio and was the former cohost for Focus on the Family's daily live talk show, Everyday Relationships with Dr. Greg Smalley. Her passion is to see women and men everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high calling in Jesus Christ.
Susie has twice been voted a top-ten finalist for the John C. Maxwell Tranformational Leadership Award. This award recognizes people who go beyond themselves to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Her books include Fully Alive, Your Powerful Prayers, Your Beautiful Purpose, Your Sacred Yes, Growing Grateful Kids, Blessings for the Evening, and Blessings for the Morning.
Susie and her husband, Kevin, live near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have three adult sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law, one amazing grandson, and one adorable pit bull. For more information, visit

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Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
CandaceDunne More than 1 year ago
I found "Your Beautiful Purpose" by Susie Larson to be very rewarding and an excellent read. Susie uses her life stories to help you realize and help you discover what God can do through us. The book has definately opened my eyes and heart to God, thank you Susie! God Blessed
MLH1 More than 1 year ago
Susie does an excellent job of taking you on a journey to discover your purpose and how it fits with what God can do through you. Be ready to dig deep and take your time with this book. Although I read it alone, I could see it being a great tool for small groups. Each chapter includes very useful discussion starters. I especially enjoyed how Susie talked about the different seasons we find ourselves in. This section of the book really spoke to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Your Beautiful Purpose" is an exceptional book. It was as if Susie took the questions of my heart and, with the Lord's direction, answered them with wisdom on these pages. Things I had struggled with for years were met with fresh revelation through the words of this book. Susie's vulnerability was refreshing. Thank you, Susie, for using your gifts so that we could be encouraged to find and use ours.
Helen_Martin More than 1 year ago
This beautifully shot DVD is a well thought-out, wonderfully fit companion to the book,YOUR BEAUTIFUL PURPOSE: Discovering and Enjoying what God Can Do Through You, which together would make a great study among trusted friends who pray for one another. It was helpful to get an expanded view of the different sections of the book, and Susie Larson's messages are heartfelt and vulnerable, yet full of courage and conviction. I appreciated the portions where she is asked some of the discussion questions which appear in the book. I also loved the prayers that are offered for the study participants. They are powerful petitions that ring genuine. The book itself sent a beautifully encouraging message for me to engage the life-changing, world-transforming power that God offers, but which only comes through long and oftentimes difficult processes in which I decrease and He increases in me. He brings into the light all that I want, all I have, and all that would destroy me. And bit by bit, as I can bear it—and sometimes when I feel like I cannot bear it—He refines me and shapes me into a vessel fit for His use. And then, gloriously, He uses me. The book is helpful in understanding where I am in my process, even if I feel all over the place; to remember that it's all about Him, even if I tend toward self-consciousness; to see that God has not forgotten about me, even in seasons where I seem to be gift-less and purposeless; and to remember and trust that He is preparing me for my "next place of promise." I would recommend a slow and purposeful reading of the book, setting aside a good deal of time for the study questions. These aren't "if you were a tree, what tree would you be" kinds of questions. They dig deep and require ample reflection, solitude, honesty, and sometimes courage, to answer.
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BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Bethany House and Netgalley sending me this wonderful Bible Study for review. Susie Larson asks this question what is Your Beautiful Purpose? The author proposes that we all have a calling or a purpose. We the readers often scratch our heads trying to figure out what is this for us? She shares anecdotes from her own life as she explains different parts of the purpose that we are intended for. She explains that we do have a calling and that we have a choice to follow it or not. How do you follow it? Study in God’s word. We need to listen to God and follow his plan. We need to actively serve. My Thoughts: I have to say that timing played a factor in when I was able to cover the study. I also found that it profoundly impacted my life. To review this Bible Study I tried to participate in it like normal. This being said the only negative I had was not being able to have access to the video segments which I feel would have greatly enhanced my experience. The book is divided into six chapters with questions that follow the end of each chapter. For me the opportunity to grow in Christ is the most important aspect of who I am. So if you are looking for a study that will challenge you then this is the book for you? For those who are in a different place in their walk then it is an introduction to the tools to continue to grow. by Jencey/Writer's Corner
daws1996 More than 1 year ago
Imagine a warm, sunny day. The grass is soft and bug-free, the temperature just perfect for relaxing. The water gently trickles over rocks and other obstacles. Perhaps this isn't your ideal place for relaxation, but can picture myself stretching out on a blanket, soaking in the sun as my muscles let go of their tension. This kind of gentle release and refreshment is exactly what Susie Larson's book Your Beautiful Purpose was for me. God knows full well whom He's getting when He calls us. page 19 What I LikedMrs. Larson's writing is simple and conversational, much like a letter written specifically to me rather than a book to a large audience. She conveys a lot of truth within the 230 pages of this book, always with great love, patience, and humility.  I found many things to highlight, circle, and make notes of throughout the book. Several things made me stop to think and I walked away at the end of the book with new insights into myself and fresh encouragement to stay the course God's plotted for me. The Bottom Line - 5 starsIf you'd like a renewed vision of how God sees you and what He wants for you, then this is a great book to read. The six-session DVD makes it a great book for a small group study, and the end of chapter questions help each individual evaluate what could be learned or refreshed in each participant's heart. 
ericajc More than 1 year ago
"Your Beautiful Purpose" is one of those treasured books that you need to purchase instead of "borrow". The content is deep, rich, entertaining and thought provoking. It makes one dig deep, it's not a "how-to" book, or a quick list of what to do, rather it takes one on a personal journey, encouraging, equipping, and guiding. Susie has humbly allowed God to take her broken pieces and dark places and made them into a unique vessel He can use for His glory and our good. If you've heard Susie speak or on her radio show, you know she is authentic and real, and the same goes for her writing. She really challenges us to go deep with our Lord, think bigger than we can imagine, and prepare our hearts for a journey like no other. We have been chosen by God, before we were even born, to fulfill our beautiful purpose, so when we fully give ourselves over to our God, we can be part of the miraculous. It was so wonderful to be reminded that we are not in this alone. God formed our hearts as women to come along side each other and build each other up, support each other, and encourage each other. Susie gives us wonderful guidance on this. The first time I read this book I laughed, cried, and prayed my way through it. The second time I noticed more and went deeper, still laughing, crying and praying. I then was able to view the DVD that goes with it and was taken on another part of my journey. I look forward to sharing both the book and DVD by leading a group of women through them at one of my bible studies. It's amazing that God uses us to be a part of each others journey this way. Thank you Susie for being so willing to share your heart and take us each a bit further along the path of our own journey and a lot closer to our Heavenly Father, may you be richly blessed.
PrincessMK More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has been a follower of Jesus Christ for any length of time can probably relate to the thought of "What's my Purpose?". Susie Larson's Your Beautiful Purpose leads you slowly through the process of discovering what God has to say about Himself, you and how a real relationship is based on His unwavering truths. While there are no specific answers in this book, Susie asks the tough questions so you can discover the answers for yourself. I particularly liked the following statements: "If we really want to know true beauty, if we really want to live full and free lives, we have to give God access to those places we work so hard to cover up." "We need times of refining so we will know in the depths of our being that our hope is in the Living God who daily establishes His purposes for us." "Trust more in God's supply than in your lack!" "Never try to serve God by pleasing man!" "Seek Him until you find Him." I found Your Beautiful Purpose to be meaningful and straight forward from the beginning. If you are looking for a book that will challenge and encourage you, this is it!
letheridge2 More than 1 year ago
Selecting a book from Bethany House for review can be a challenge because the list includes several books of interest. My preference is books that will grow me spiritually and speak to my heart and this book served the purpose. I am very excited about writing a review for this book. If you don’t know your purpose or you are not sure about your purpose or the season you are in this book will benefit you. The introduction sums up quite well who will benefit from this book (the woman who has a desire in her heart to be filled, the woman who has no passion and the woman who is earnest in her walk with Jesus). The author gives incredible insight on life’s purpose. Through her writing, she provided some of the answers that I was seeking and also provided great advice on how to enjoy the seasons we are currently in. One of the first things that she mentioned was God knows full well whom He is getting when He calls us. He qualifies those He calls and we are created for his purpose. This is very valuable. Especially for people who feel they can’t be used by God. All we have to do is listen for his voice. He knows how to communicate with each of us. He’ll transform us to accomplish what he has planned for our lives if we trust Him. The author is more detailed on this subject and as you began to read what she has written, you will have a different outlook on life and want what God has planned for you and you will begin to understand the seasons of life we experience. The least favorite season for most of us is the season to rest. The season we think God has forgotten about us but he is always working on our behalf and preparing us for the next level. There is some much more I could mention in this review, but reading the book would serve you better. This book would definitely be a blessing to you. Thank you Bethany House for allowing me to share my opinion. Also for giving me the opportunity to select a great book and providing copy free of charge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever heard Susie speak or read any of her books, you are in for RICH dialog.   Susies message...will if one is willing produce transformed lives.   This book doesn't pass on "a five step process" it displays the power of God, that changes it. Thank you Susie for being so raw, transparent, and passionate in the way you communicate and the way you live.  You write, just like you speak.  I can hear your voice and passion through these words on a page.  Truth from a living and active God produces freedom.  Thanks for displaying what that looks like, and pushing me to walk in it.   I am so grateful for your heart for Jesus.  It’s absolutely contagious!  This book speaks out loud of hope, defining ones call, and to live out the life that our amazing God intended for you.      I worked through this study with many girlfriends and our conversation over each chapter and the questions NEVER lacked...we always needed more than two hours together.  
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 Your Beautiful Purpose is a book both tender and touching.   Ephesians Two teaches us that we are God's workmanship, created in Christ for good works, and He has prepared these works in advance for us to walk in them. This is our beautiful purpose: To Glorify God and Enjoy Him forever. This is a purpose beyond our wildest dreams and greatest desires. The outworking of this purpose comes when we find where God would have us go and what He would have us do. For many of us those good works may be right here where we are at the moment... for some these may be on the other side of the world where we never imagined we would be called to go. It may be what we always thought we were made for. It may steal upon us like a slow spring twilight and we realize "God is in this. This is where He wants me."  So often we women have a hard time believing that we are God's own artwork and that we have God's work to do and His blessing upon that work. We have a hard time believing that God will or can use in a way that Glorifies Him magnificently. We will have a hard time until we see that He delights in making beauty out of brokenness. No Saint has lived a life of beauty because of their own inner goodness and usefulness. No. They have been beautiful because God is God of creating beauty from brokenness, beauty that he defines and designs, beauty that comes from living out his purposes.  The most touching parts of this book were Susie Larson's own story, revealed in a way that lets us see into her spirit. She has walked through the seasons in this book...seasons of seeing the top of the tapestry God is weaving when all the threads make lovely sense, and seasons of not seeing much of the design at all. Seasons of wondering how being "Here" is serving God, and seasons of knowing in her soul that her gifts are glorifying Him. Thank you Mrs. Larson for sharing your story. God is calling us, let us answer Him. Let us whisper the prayer "O God, call us even more insistently, knocking at the door of our hearts and bidding us follow Christ as humbly dependent, boldly confident women." This can be our prayer.  God has a purpose for every saved soul- if you are His and have breath in your lungs you have a beautiful purpose. I received this book from Bethany House. 
Karina268 More than 1 year ago
 Every now and then The Lord will bring something into your life that totally rocks your world. For me, Susie Larson's book 'Your Beautiful Purpose' did just that. I knew from the moment that I read the Table of Contents and wept, that the Holy Spirit wanted to do a deep work in me. That He did! Without fail, every chapter touched on a deep need, desire or struggle in my heart. Through Susie's practical stories, in depth scripture and probing questions God revealed His truth,  His promises, His love and His grace to me in a fresh way. He has used this book to bring some much needed clarity and perspective into some areas of my life.  I have had the honor of meeting and becoming friends with Susie. She is 100% authentic, passionate, wise, kind, generous, humble, bold, faithful and  loving. This book is a living testimony of the work that The Lord has done in and through her. She only leads the reader where she has been. I couldn't have asked for a better friend and mentor!  'Your Beautiful Purpose Book' and DVD are perfect for both individual and group study! It is a challenge and a call to rise up, become the woman God has called you to be and to walk out the purpose that He designed for you.  'Your Beautiful Purpose' is a MUST have resource for every woman trying to discover and fulfill the beautiful purpose that God has for them. 
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lmarti04 More than 1 year ago
Seldom do books of *this nature* hit home for me. In the past, they have generally been nothing more than "fluffy encouragement". This book was the exact opposite and left me feeling inspired, hopeful, and in awe of the way that God uses his Word to remind me of how much He loves me. Susie has a wonderful way of using her life examples to illustrate how she came to learn of God's many intentions for her, but also inspired me to actively seek God and ask that he reveal the same for me. Susie is honest in sharing her human insecurities and shortcomings, but boldly declares her heavenly inheritance in spite of it. I haven't done this much highlighting, re-reading, and hopeful seeking from a book outside of the Bible in a very long time. I walked through this book slowly and found beautiful encouragement in ways that I didn't expect. I was reminded of the forgiveness I received in Christ and had to ask myself some real questions about how I am walking my Faith. I love it when a book sends me eagerly to the Bible for more, and this one absolutely did! - Lisa Martin "As you give yourself to God's special assignment, you will pray more and with a deeper sense of passion. You will hunger for a greater understanding of the Bible and how it applies to your life. You will regularly sense the help of the Holy Spirit, since God always works with those who give themselves to work for him". "We simply cannot add to what He's already done. He saves us by His grace. He calls us by His grace. He gives us a purpose in life, not because He needs us, but because He loves us. We're privileged to even be associated with the Creator".
KimBerndt More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the last of Susie Larson’s book ’Your Beautiful Purpose’ I’ve felt as though I’ve had a life changing conversation with my best friend. Susie’s book is so much more than a book, rather it has become a great resource to glean powerful words of truth; as I’m daily finding myself returning to her pages rereading portions I’ve high-lighted. Through the pages of “Your Beautiful Purpose” I’ve felt as though Susie was walking with me on my journey, experiencing much of what I’m experiencing as she’s so willingly and lovingly shared many experiences from her own faith journey. She’s real, authentic, and her love for her Heavenly Father and doing his will truly flows through her pen. I’ve been challenged, I’ve been chastened, I’ve been encouraged, I’ve been equipped, and mostly, I’ve been drawn closer to my Savior. My heart especially resonated with Susie’s chapters on the “Four Seasons” we experience. Run….Rest…..Stand…..Active. Recently becoming empty nesters, as well as my husband and I joining a new ministry position these chapters truly spoke great words of wisdom and comfort to my heart during this season of our lives. Susie’s insights, have given me great food for thought as I daily continue on my faith journey. Regardless of your season of life, your ministry involvement, your social or economic status, you will find this book impactful to your heart and soul. God truly does have a “Beautiful Purpose” for each of our lives, and Susie’s book will join you on your journey as you continue to find your “Beautiful Purpose
ML1 More than 1 year ago
I love Susie's writing and her way of bringing God's truths to life. I love how each chapter ends with great questions that point you to God's word and push you to listen close to what God has to say about you. The book has renewed my desire to seek God and the beautiful purpose he has for my life. I can't wait to view the DVD study as well!
LisaJamieson More than 1 year ago
Deep & Important Encouragement from a Seasoned Runner Susie Larson’s “Your Beautiful Purpose” thoughtfully and effectively pairs a Word-centered framework with personal anecdotes to help readers embrace their value and opportunities in God’s Kingdom work. Susie is vulnerable and authentic while capturing the wonder of trusting Jesus.  Her book will inspire and empower readers who feel stuck, confused or anxious to experience the adventure of following Jesus — whether it involves waiting, walking, resting or running in His ways!   The companion study provides a welcoming and meaningful atmosphere for Bible exploration and personal discovery. While affirming the reader's own sense of vision, Susie carefully guides us through a pursuit of understanding that doesn't allow our tendency toward seeking personal significance to eclipse God’s call and timing. Susie’s urge to, “leverage this day to your advantage” will be spurring me to fully embrace my inheritance in Christ for many seasons to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susie never fails to challenge and inspire her readers to grow in their relationship with Christ.  After reading this, I was excited about my potential to grow and was hungry.  Her study questions dig deep, no light and fluffy stuff! Susie has realness about her that cannot be bought.  Clearly, she has done the personal work to get where she is.  Her books encourage me to ask more from myself to get more of God.  You will be energized by this book!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susie Larson’s book, Your Beautiful Purpose, is a fluidly written book aimed at supporting women in their spiritual quest to discover God’s intention for them. This is a book for every woman, regardless of where you are in this life’s journey. In each chapter, Susie offers up thought-provoking scripture, personal stories, study questions, and discussion starters. Her writing style is so engaging and personal that I found myself laughing and crying at some of her stories and insights. It should be noted, however, that you will not be spoon-fed or told what your purpose is or should be. Instead, you will be encouraged to discover God’s special calling for your life though the study questions and discussion starters. I read this book twice – quickly first, from cover to cover, then slowly while absorbing the study questions. Needless to say, I was deeply touched by every section of this book. Susie has such a compassionate and kind voice, and a real knack at applying scripture to real-life situations, which validates our ‘inner voice’ that cries out when we feel spiritually derailed by this world’s roadblocks. You will receive encouragement and clarity from Susie’s words to assist you in finding God’s beautiful purpose for YOU. Read it and be blessed!
Devise2bWise More than 1 year ago
This book is a breath of fresh air. Susie's perspective and prayerful guidance are unique and anointed. I was challenged to see circumstances differently through anecdotes and suggestions that were presented in this book. If you are seeking a deeper, richer relationship with your Creator, this book is a must read. The presence of the Holy Spirit is inexorable throughout this book. I will be reading this book again, with a highlighter next time :)
EE1 More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying this is not just a 'book', but a tool that could be used over and over again. Susie begins by describing 3 different types of people this book is for. Let me say, her descriptions brought tears to my eyes because she described exactly how I was feeling, but I didn't even know or realize it. This book wakes you up, making you realize things about yourself you didn't even know you needed to discover. I realized I was acting a certain way because of grudges I wasn't even aware I was hanging onto. After realizing this, you are able to gradually let go of these and begin to grow. It gives you an amazing sense of freedom! She also helps you discover your fears and what other things in your life may be holding you back from experiencing God's true purpose for your life. This book gives you a sense of self, purpose, and constantly reminds you how much God loves you and what good things he has planned for you. However, this is not an easy journey. This book requires you to dig deep, using God's word to analyze and discover things in yourself that will lead you to your beautiful purpose. This is a book I will be reading and using over and over. Thank you Susie!
Kathleen-Nicholas More than 1 year ago
As a mom of 3 young boys it is too easy to rely on my own strength and be in charge of the details of our lives. Susie has challenged me to not lose sight of His greatness and invite Him into the details of my life. When I do this my fears are lessened and the fog surrounding my purpose lifts. Because He lives and is alive in Susie's writing I have started a fresh revelation of God's power and love! Can't wait to study this book with the women in Bible study.
PFischer More than 1 year ago
In Susie's new book "Your Beautiful Purpose" she speaks directly to your heart and stirs you to seek all that God has for you. I found that Susie's personal stories helped me to relate and understand the training principles along the way. She writes with such humility and boldness. Each chapter has in-depth teaching within the stories and scripture shared, stirring quotes along with study questions at the end that help you to find what is true for you personally. This book will be one that you will pick up again and again to reread the life changing truths. This book could also be read almost like a devotional where you can take each chapter, pray through scripture within the chapter and apply the principles shared through the study questions. This book helped me to confront some of the obstacles that I struggled with and showed me how to tackle them and hang onto God's truth. Although each chapter is written so well helping us to face fears and insecurities that have clouded our views, for me chapter 9 spoke to me like none other. It gripped my heart and it felt as though it was written just for me. God spoke profoundly to me here and throughout the book. If you are one who journals you will love the "nuggets" that you find in this book and will be encouraged to write them down. It will encourage, inspire and challenge you to embrace God's purposes for you. This is one book you will want to share with friends, family or your bible study group!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your Beautiful Purpose is one of the most encouraging devotional books I have read in a very long time.  Susie Larsen has a way of writing that makes it feel as though you are conversing with with a good friend.  Throughout her book, she is careful to challenge you to look for areas of your own life that may need some spiritual attention, but she also reminds you to stay encouraged as you look for the purposes in which God has called you to. My favorite chapter of the book, Discern Your Preparation, discussed how we should use the refining times that God places us in as opportunities to reflect on Him and to develop our trust in Him.  It is in this chapter that Larsen gives specific examples of hardships that we may face and how we can turn them around in order to view them as training areas that will highlight the various ways in which God is working in our lives.  She ends this chapter with a gentle reminder that when we do face difficult times in our lives, our hope does not lie in the state of our circumstances.  Rather, they lie in God and our trust in Him will open our eyes to the work He is doing in and around us.  In my opinion, one of the most important attributes of this book is the fact that Larsen shares examples of her own experiences.  She is candid enough to let the reader in on some of the low points of her life so that the reader is able to relate to her.  This book includes questions for Bible study as well as questions for discussion at the end of each chapter.  It would be an excellent book to use for a group Bible study.